Back to Amanda’s home that night and Dotty is cutting flowers in the kitchen very unenthusiastically. They look quite sad.. a hint that all is not well?..
Amanda calls as she enters: Mother!
Dotty: Oh Amanda! Where have you been? You should have left a note! [I just hope Amanda took the bread out of the oven before she was carted off! The kitchen and house are unscathed so I guess so!]
Amanda: I know Mother I’m sorry. I didn’t have time.
Dotty: I was worried about you. Now did you have a dinner date?
Amanda: ahhh no
Amanda’s acting nervous.
Dotty: Amanda, now I know that look! Now you can’t keep things from your mother, what’s wrong?
Amanda: Mother, I really don’t know how to tell you this.
Dotty calmly: Well. Just. Say it.
Amanda: Okay. I was in jail.
Dotty: Ohh haaa how awful! Can you imagine, your first job assignment and it’s a security system in a prison.
Amanda takes Dotty by her arms: Mother. I wasn’t working…
(Amanda takes a deep breath and continues quietly)
…I was arrested.
Dotty: Arrested? (Amanda nods) What on earth for?
[I have no idea why but the way Amanda says this is funny to me!]
Dotty: Oh that’s ridiculous!
Amanda: Mother they found my finger prints on the murder weapon.
Amanda: I was at his house.
Dotty: whose house?
Amanda: My boss.
Dotty: you mean your boss was murdered your first day on the job?
[It was quite a first day huh! Dotty must be thinking those crazy film people are much better to work for! ]
Amanda: yes mother, I feel terrible about it.
Dotty: I know you do but what about your finger prints? [LOL why would Dotty ask about finger prints.. oh whatever.. ]
Amanda: they were on a steak knife.
Dotty: you mean the police think that you stabbed him with the steak knife?
Amanda: yes Mother. They think I was trying to fight off his advances.
Dotty: well did you? [whahahaa!!]
Dotty: you di- [too funny.. Amanda is charged with Murder and Dotty seems shocked her daughter didn’t resist?! tee hee]
Amanda: nooooo because he didn’t make any advances. He was a very nice man. [well.. there you have it. we’ve been told yet again what a nice good man Byron was!]
Dotty: then why would somebody stab him?
Amanda: I don’t know.
Dotty sighs: Amanda. They could blame you.
[I can understand it would take time to sink in for Dotty! this is a new concept ]
Amanda firmly: Mother, they do blame me. It’s why I was in jail.
Dotty’s solution is priceless: Well, did you tell them you didn’t do it?
(Love Amanda’s face here in response!! Rofl!! No Dotty she forgot that one.. yep that will fix it! 😉 I don’t know why Amanda didn’t think of that! )
Amanda: Ohh mother of course I told them that I didn’t do it!! ( Amanda voice is reduced to a whisper) …they don’t believe me.
They both take a deep breath.
Dotty grabs both of Amanda’s arms: Ohhhh my poor darling. What are we going to do?
Amanda: I don’t know. I think the first thing I better do is get the washing, it’s gonna rain.
Love that as they sit there not knowing what to do next Amanda says she’ll bring the washing in, it’s gonna rain! Such a champ our Amanda..taking care of the practical.. there’s still work to be done.. if it were me I’d be huddled in a corner somewhere.. This seems to be a way her character copes- she focuses on the next thing and doesn’t dwell too much. I wonder.. is this how Amanda deals with her feelings for Lee?
You know I’m quite surprised at Dotty’s reaction to hearing Amanda is under suspicion for a murder!! I thought she would have gone hysterical!!
Isn’t it lovely to see for once, Amanda gets to actually confide something to Dotty- and share some of her worries and stress with her? It’s quite poignant as it demonstrates what Amanda misses out on with not being able to talk about her agency work. This was a benefit of working with Byron- Amanda was actually able to talk about that work with Dotty!!! It’s really important to have someone to share your stress with and support you- who knows what you are going through- we understand that only too well after Burn Out last week!!
If Amanda has a problem, it’s automatically Dotty’s problem too.. what are ‘we’ going to do?!! Lee doesn’t have anyone who he has that kind of relationship with – except maybe he is beginning to foster this relationship with Amanda more and more.. when Amanda has a problem it seems Lee has a problem.
Remember how Lee used ‘we’ in that conversation at the jail? ‘we have to get you a good lawyer’ – it’s like Lee has started to think of them as ‘we’ … though I think Lee has resisted letting Amanda help him with his problems- in Burn Out Lee let Amanda into his problems I think.. To me, this hints that Lee would not have let Amanda just drift out of his life.. but.. we’ll never know! Anyway.. moving on…
Out in her back yard, Amanda begins taking the clothes down…Ahhh and Mr Fix it turns up to reassure Amanda as she brings the washing in! 🙂
She removes the shirt revealing a big smiling hunk… LOL Lee is standing right next to a space in the clothes.. he could have made himself know.. he is too cheeky!
Amanda is startled. But has a chuckle and smiles.
Amanda: I wish you wouldn’t startle me like that.
Lee: I know,..
just second nature I guess.
Amanda: yeah I know.
Love the little ‘startling’ moment.. we don’t see those anymore as much as we do in the first season.. I kinda miss them! In fact if I were Amanda (here I go again..) I’d be checking for Lee every time I went out the back 😉
Lee: How you doin?
Amanda: Ohh I’m okay.
Lee: Ahh Amanda. It’s about the lawyer. You need a good criminal attorney.
Amanda: Well I-
Lee: I have just the guy. His name is Dewey Lawrence, he is a hell of a good lawyer. The only problem is, you’re going to have to meet him at the police station.
[I love that Lee knows Amanda doesn’t want to go back there.. he knows her so well!]
Amanda: Ohhhhh Noooo not at the police station.
Lee: Amanda look, they just want to ask some more things. Routine stuff, that’s all.
Amanda: you don’t think they’re gonna put me back in jail do you?
Lee smiles sweetly at Amanda…
and replies: I wouldn’t worry about that. Okay?..
…I’m gonna get you out of this!
[Mr Fixit is on the case!! Lee is so swoony here! And Amanda doesn’t seem to realise fully how sweet he is being! She’s so worried with her own situation.]
Amanda smiles: thanks a lot! [At least she rewards Lee with a big smile! ]
Lee: okay. Yeah.
Oh my!!! Lee is so sweet here..nothing is too much trouble.. very reassuring.. and swoonworthy! He is so happy to see Amanda.. He really does look at Amanda here like he is in love with her. I think he completely utterly denies it to himself, doesn’t understand it and doesn’t recognise it.. but there’s ‘something in his eyes’ Amanda? she looks happy and grateful.. but I don’t see any earth shattering depth to her happiness with Lee here. She’s preoccupied.. Thoughts anyone??
Ugh! I do wish Lee would mention what he is working on!! I mean come on!! Amanda is always involved in what Lee is working on- even when it doesn’t appear so.. only this time, it really does appear so! The guy working on the security system was murdered and she was the last one to see him alive- other than the killer.. you’d think Lee would have asked about more than just the candles 😉
Amanda turns back to the house, then turns back to Lee to motion to him that he really needs to leave.
Interesting.. Lee accepts this is normal..
Lee quietly: bye. (He waves)
Lee leaves. Amanda lets out a big sigh and finishes bringing the clothes in.
It’s unintentional, but keeping Lee a secret from her family naturally sets up boundaries for them- I see them as not socialising outside of work much at this point.
Gettin tired of skulking in her backyard Lee? Wish you could have a more open place in her life??!! Lee is happy to be able to help Amanda at least.. and he seems to be in full Mr Fixit mode for her organising this great lawyer (no mention of money either – is he paying? we all know Amanda’s got none!). Lee is probably grateful that he can do this for her, and still see her regularly while he helps her- even if Amanda isn’t back at the agency.
I like to think that Amanda’s raise and how to fix that one has been quietly percolating in the background of Lee’s mind during this episode as he deals with the urgent Nabuti threat, and Amanda’s charges.. I think Lee wasn’t about to let Amanda leave – if he could make it possible for her to stay then he would do what he can.. Especially now Byron Jordan is dead – it seems even more like fate is telling Lee to help find a solution to Amanda’s financial troubles [White Knight Syndrome!!].. and get her back as his partner.. As more? well.. I don’t think romantic feelings are in the forefront of his mind right now..and he prefers it that way They are buried – he’s got enough to deal with I think! Thoughts anyone on this?? Love to hear from ya!!!! byeee for now!